What would LBJ do? Advice for Obama from Johnson aides

May 19, 2014

When civil rights leaders gathered in Austin last month to commemorate the anniversary of "Great Society" programs, aides to LBJ suggested that President Obama take some lessons from the 36th president, who had close relationships with members of Congress. Joseph Califano, who served as Johnson’s domestic policy chief, told PostTV and Karen Tumulty: “I do think that he ought to take one more, or a couple more, really strong efforts to deal certainly with [House Speaker] John Boehner." But as others in Washington point out, Capitol Hill has changed a little since 1964:

 

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